Norfolk Langley School pupil has stabbing sentence reduced

A boarding school pupil who stabbed another student with a kitchen knife has had his sentence reduced.

Minheng He was given four years at a young offenders' institution after attacking the pupil at Langley School, near Loddon, Norfolk, last October.

The Court of Appeal ruled He, of Vivian Avenue, Barnet, London, had too harsh a sentence imposed on him and reduced it to two and a half years.

Mr Justice Bean said as he was aged 17 at the time it warranted a lesser term.

The court heard that He, now 18, confronted the other pupil in a "revenge attack" after a row over some soy sauce.

It heard the victim suffered "serious injuries with lasting consequences", but the wounds were not deemed to be life-threatening.

He's barrister, Jonathan Goodman, argued that Judge Nicholas Coleman's sentence at Norwich Crown Court gave insufficient credit for his guilty plea and that more speedy handling of the case would have seen the teenager sentenced before he turned 18.

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